By Erik Mrotek
WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It's the fall and time once more to put those products that promise to make life a little better to the test.
This week, an invention to make sharpening those blades around the house a little easier.
Newsline 9's Erik Mrotek put it to the test.
It's the samurai shark and it's supposed to make old blades good as new.
As always the question is - Does it Work?
This is the samurai shark it's a plastic handle with two blades in it.
This one forms a v-shape so it'll sharpen knives.
The other side has a pop-out blade that's used for scissors and other one-sided blades.
It's designed with a lip that goes on the edge of the table... and helps you keep it in place.
Then, it's a matter of pulling the blade through.
You do hear a scraping sound - that's expected.
You don't have to put too much pressure on the blade.
I'll pull it through a couple of times - it does seem to make it sharper.
Another knife... this one also sharpens - but it doesn't seem to as much on the curve.
That's something that'll have to be pulled through again.
A test on paper, and it does cut right through.
We'll try scissors now.
For that, we have to use the single blade on the back of the handle.
Again, you pull it across the edge of the blade.
We'll try the other side now.
It seems to sharpen them, and the scissors do cut better than before.
One of the promises samurai shark makes is to sharpen serrated blades.
Since only one side of a blade like this needs to be sharpened, we'll use the back sharpener again.
After a few pulls, the blade is sharper.
So Samurai Shark, it's a sharp idea - too bad they don't include band-aids with it.
Does it Work - yes.
During the tests... the samurai shark didn't appear to cause any damage to the blades.
It was fairly easy to use.
Samurai Shark retails for around 10 bucks.
So what's coming up next week?
Another of those products you've seen on the tv... the Debbie Meyer Green Bags.
They're supposed to keep fruit and vegetables fresher... longer.
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